Estes Park is an area abundant with life, and visitors have the opportunity to experience all of the wildlife that calls Estes Park home. Popular wildlife that can be often spotted in Estes Park and the surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park include mule deer, elk, moose and big horn sheep.
In the spring and summer months, migratory birds such as thrushes, finches, swallows, warblers, bluebirds, and hummingbirds are seen throughout the valley, and birding is a popular pastime in the destination among both locals and guests from around the world. The fall and winter months bring cooler weather to the higher altitudes of the town, but migratory waterfowl, mallards, and other easily found around Lake Estes and at lower elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park.
For other viewing opportunities in the area, guests can take a customized wildlife and nature photography safari or ride the Aerial Tramway for overhead views of the area. Rocky Mountain Nature Association offers wildlife identification, viewing and photography classes; and there are several options for guided tours - whether hiking or jeeping - provided by outfitters in town. Many of the wildlife residents in Estes Park also pop up right in downtown - in the fall, guests can almost always see elk roaming the golf course or crossing the streets of town.